I am in love with drawing, and I use my seductive technique to humorously take aim at the way sexuality and nature are fetishized. I craft images that are simultaneously erotic and repulsive, natural and artificial. My hybrid humanoid drawings challenge what is “natural” and “synthetic” about corporeality, desire and the natural world.
Taking my cues from Dada inventions, I become the Erotic Nutty Professor and obsessively draw imaginary hybrid contraptions designed for self-gratification and maximum autonomy. Fantasy items inspired by French Empire fashion and decorative objects get playfully cobbled together with mouths and tongues. Large-scale funky apparatuses tweak the relationship between objects and desire.
“Lick Line” is an ongoing series of disembodied mouths floating in space. Rendered in exacting detail, the tongues protrude and beckon the viewer to come close. Saliva bubbles reflect back the space that the voyeur occupies. Seen as a group the mouths undulate and bounce. Like many voices talking at once, they invade our space with strangeness, and a possible perversity.
In the “Lovebird” and “Decoys” series, I shift focus to the natural world. The“Decoys” are surreal riffs on genetically modified plants, and hint at the perils of unnatural intervention and biotechnical “advances”. Sex play, violence and scientific exploration all merge in hybrid botanical drawings, that are at once beautiful and violent, erotic and whimsical. The “Lovebirds” take the fetishization of animals to the extreme. Exotic birds leave the world of Audubon, becoming reminiscent of wind-up toys redesigned for human consumption and pleasure.
Artist Bio / CV
2007 “Decoys and Lures,” Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY.
2004 “Lick Line,” Esa Jaske Gallery Project Space, Sydney, Australia.
“Going Solo,” Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2006 “Twice Drawn,” The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.
“Regeneration,” LMAK Projects, Brooklyn, NY.
2004 “Full Disclosure,” Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA.
“Colored Pencil,” KS Art, New York NY.
2003 “Reading Between the Lines,” Wooster Arts Space, New York, NY.
2000 “Encaustic Works 1999,” Watermark Cargo Gallery, Kingston, NY.
Awards, Honors and Residencies
2005 Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts.
Emerging Artist Fellowship, Island Press, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.
2004 Artist-in-Residence Program, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY.
2004 Fellowship, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
2000 Fellowship, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.
1999 Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.
Mitchell, Mark: “Julia Randall’s Mouth,” American Artist, Drawing, Winter 2008, pp.118-127.
New American Paintings, Northeastern competition, vol. 62, 2006, Open Studios Press, pp.114-117.
Fricke, Kristen: “Call Me Julia Randall,” interview in Beautiful/Decay magazine, Issue L, 2005, pp.28-29.
Low, Lenny Ann: “Spectrum,” review of “Lick Line,” Sydney Morning Herald, Sept. 18-19, 2004, p.19.
Church, Amanda: “Exhibition Reviews,” review of “Colored Pencil,” Art on Paper, July/August, 2004, p.52.
Chambers, Christopher: “New York, New York,” review of “Going Solo,” Flash Art, March-April, 2004, p.63.
Johnson, Ken: “Art Guide,” review of “Reading Between the Lines,” New York Times, November 7, 2003, p.34.
Raynor, Vivien: “Personal Visions of Heaven and Hell,” New York Times, June 12, 1994, NJ section, p.14.